When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions

Book, 2006, 240 pp
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An Inspiring Autobiographical Account of Personal Pain, Spiritual Awakening, and Divine Grace

"I stood at the window watching the cocoon, which hung in the winter air like an upside-down question mark. That was the moment... I understood. Really understood. Crisis, change, all the myriad upheavals that blister the spirit and leave us groping- they aren't voices simply of pain but also of creativity. And if we would only listen, we might hear such times beckoning us to a season of waiting, to the place of fertile emptiness."

Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of contemplative spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis at midlife, when life seemed to have lost meaning and how her longing for hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of active waiting. Comparing her experience to the formative processes inside a chrysalis on a wintry tree branch, Kidd reflects on the fact that the soul is often symbolized as a butterfly. The simple cocoon, a living parable of waiting, becomes an icon of hope for the transformation that the author sought.

Kidd charts her re-ascent from the depths and offers a new understanding of the passage away from the self, which is based upon others’ expectations, to the true self of God’s unfolding intention. Her wise, inspiring book helps those in doubt and crisis recognize the opportunity to dismantle old masks and patterns and unfold a deeper, more authentic self.

This edition includes a reader's guide, also available to download.

Also see excerpt.

(6 sessions)

“A joy to read….Honest and healing.” - Alan Jones, dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and author of Soul Making

"As I read her book, Kidd became a companion. I love having her walk with me on my journey." - Eugene Peterson, editor of The Message

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